• Christmas Wassail as a Punch - From England to her Colonies

    1 month ago - By It's About Time

    The word Wassail expanded from being a greeting to be a term used to refer to the punch drink related to the toast. The punch which was usually spiced ale or a form of mulled wine made throughout the Christmas season & especially for Christmas Eve or Twelfth Night. Early Wassail reportedly resembled the ancient Roman drink hypocras, which survived into the early Middle Ages as a libation for the wealthy. The necessity of importing the wine plus ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg from outside England made it costly.
    When ales & cider replaced the wine, more people could afford...
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